VP Debate Takeaway: the GOP Would Like You To Shut Up

I’m on vacation this week, so my irregular posting is even more irregular than usual. But apparently, instead of light holiday fare or scary Halloween movies, my family wanted to watch the Vice Presidential debate, of all things, so I tagged along, despite having no real interest. The Vice Presidency, as John “Cactus Jack” Garner  once remarked, isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. But...

The Court, The Election, The Future…and the Problem

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a loss unimaginable in scope, yet at the same time, unfortunately all-too-predictable. Ginsburg was clearly relentlessly battling recurring cancer, and it was only a matter of time. Enough so that many of the “life of…” stories were already written, just waiting for the word to come down to be published. So I will not even attempt what many others have...

The Problem, In One Tweet

This one.  Maybe - maybe - you could make an argument that the reason this failed is due to the messenger. That Bernie Sanders’ name has become toxic in the Democratic establishment to such a degree that even good, commonsense legislation he proposes is defeated, when the same thing proposed by anyone else might very well have passed. If you think that, however, take a look back at...

WaPo Pulling No Punches On Trump’s Bungled Coronavirus Response

This is the headline on their excellent story: With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infectionsIt's been a long time since we've seen those kinds of unapologetic headlines out of any major national paper. A LONG time. The story itself retains punch because it is mercilessly factual without veering into CNN-like Trump-hatred OR typical, lazy,...

Not Just A Few Bad Apples

This story from North Carolina, about what a cop's inadvertently-left-on dashcam recorded, is both jaw-dropping and, sadly, unsurprising. And no, it's not yet another image of an improper arrest or a beat-down or pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters. It's just what three cops said to one another while sitting around on a normal patrol: According to the summary, “Moore began telling Piner...

Another Attempt To Backdoor Encryption

Three of our worst Senators, Marsha Blackburn, Tom Cotton and the ever-awful Lindsey Graham yesterday introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a “bill to bolster national security interests and better product communities across the country by ending the use of warrant-proof' encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior." First, I can’t...

Trump Lawlessness

If you've been one of those people who've wondered if we were even going to have an election this November - or maybe just that the results of it might be ignored if it goes badly for Trump - then Bill Barr's attempted Friday Night Massacre of Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the SDNY, might very well increase your misgivings. I say "attempted" because fortunately, there appears to still be...

The Choice, 2020

On Friday, Donald Trump tweeted that "when the Looting starts, the shooting starts." Earlier today, All-but-certain Democratic nominee Joe Biden weighed in: This is really where we (still) are in America, 2020. And make no mistake, if we still have an election this fall, Democrats will absolutely campaign for Biden on "we suck less." We can and should do better than both these guys, America,...

99th Anniversary

On this day in 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre began. In the middle of the night, the Tulsa police formally requested that the National Guard assist them in quelling what they called a “Negro uprising.” As they awaited the National Guard, they let Greenwood burn. Thirty-five blocks of Greenwood were razed that night. 1,256 homes and 191 businesses were destroyed. 10,000 black people were left...